Movies About Scientists, Engineers, Doctors, Researchers, Inventors, Explorers and People who do Amazing Things

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The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
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The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine. (86 mins.)
“ Very old but it's age doesn't stop it from being a good movie. ” - WingedCreature
 
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Einstein and Eddington (2008 TV Movie)
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Drama about the development of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to experimentally prove his ideas. (94 mins.)
Director: Philip Martin
 
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Einstein's Big Idea (2005 Documentary)
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This docudrama examines the history of scientific discovery that lead up to Albert Einstein's famous... (120 mins.)
Director: Gary Johnstone
 
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Shackleton (2002 Mini-Series)
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The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice. (206 mins.)
 
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Longitude (2000 TV Movie)
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Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it. (200 mins.)
 
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Doomsday Gun (1994 TV Movie)
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When a brilliant munitions engineer contracts to build a super-gun for Saddam Hussein in 1988, he attracts the attention of several intelligence agencies. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Young
 
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Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (2007 TV Series)
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This documentary tells the real story of the life & times of Captain James Cook; the greatest explorer... (54 mins.)
 
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Captain James Cook (1987 Mini-Series)
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Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus)... (480 mins.)
 
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Creation (2009)
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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003 TV Series)
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Drama-documentary series which describes some of the key technological achievements of the industrial age. (50 mins.)
 
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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
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Breaking the Mould (2009 TV Movie)
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A historical drama that tells the story of the development of penicillin in the 1930's/40's, by a group of scientists in Oxford at The Dunn School of Pathology (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Hoar
 
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Ingenious (2009)
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A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. (85 mins.)
Director: Jeff Balsmeyer
 
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Marco Polo (2007 TV Movie)
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The series follows the adventures and discoveries of the Venetian, Marco Polo. (165 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
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Hawking (2004 TV Movie)
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A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite... (90 mins.)
Director: Philip Martin
 
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The Aviator (2004)
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A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
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The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
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Apollo 13 (1995)
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NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
20.
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
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This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. (127 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
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No Highway in the Sky (1951)
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An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis. (103 mins.)
 
23.
Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. (110 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
24.
I Aim at the Stars (1960)
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The story of rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun's career, from the 1920s until the late 1950s. (106 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
25.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
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Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
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Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
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Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. (107 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
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Jobs (2013)
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The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. (128 mins.)
 
30.
Reach for the Sky (1956)
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Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2. (135 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
31.
The Imitation Game (2014)
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During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (114 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
 
32.
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005 Mini-Series)
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A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788. (480 mins.)
 
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Hidden Figures (2016)
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The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (127 mins.)
Director: Theodore Melfi
 
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The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971 Mini-Series)
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He was the creator and artist of the Mona Lisa portrait (60 mins.)
 
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The Way Back (2010)
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Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A true story about a long journey to freedom. ” - WingedCreature
 
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
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A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. (123 mins.)
Director: James Marsh